Signia Silk X w/CROS: A huge leap for single-sided deafness (SSD) hearing aids

Model tested: Signia Silk 5X (right side), Silk CROS (left side).

Signia Silk and CROS hearing aids in their case

Design

The Signia Silk X is a completely-in-canal (CIC) hearing aid, which right off the bat differentiates it from every other CROS hearing aid solution I’ve tried so far (which were all Receiver In Canal or RIC models). You can read about different types of hearing aids here. As someone who lost part of their hearing at a relatively young age (30), I feel a lot less self-conscious wearing these hearing aids in public and at work due to their very conspicuous design. Whether we want to admit it to ourselves or each other (or are even aware of …

My favorite wireless Bluetooth earbuds cost less than $40

The SoundPeats Mini are my daily drivers by simply being high quality and tremendous value earbuds

I surprised myself when traveling 4 hours away by plane for a family wedding. As someone who has used several types of wireless headphones (earbuds) for years, and frequently a fan of the Samsung Buds, I ended up only bringing one pair of earbuds with me after all: The SoundPeats Mini (affiliate link). But they are so good for the low cost it was basically a no-brainer: I love these earbuds.

SoundPeats mini packaging: box, case, earbuds, manual, charging cable, tips

The Basics

When I first started looking for wireless buds, I did what anyone would do: I tried them all. I’m an Android …

How a Better Routeplanner (ABRP) eliminated my EV Range Anxiety

Plus a clear-eyed look at the state of non-Tesla long distance driving for EVs in the US

I have a huge secret. First, I’ll say I’ve loved being an EV owner the last 4 years. I took my vehicle to and from work 5 days a week, 70 miles round-trip, no issues ever. No need to stop and recharge, as my Bolt’s 238 miles of range was always enough even in Massachusetts winters. I occasionally got stuck on the ice, sure, but gas-powered cars can have this problem at times. Never slammed into a wall accidentally, ran over something (or someone!) on the road, and never needed a jump start.

No my secret is much more embarrassing because it’s so …

Trying out the Qubes 4.1 beta on newer Intel and Ryzen devices, and the FrameWork Laptop

A quick post since I have seen various folks ask online whether their laptop is supported by Qubes OS. I decided to grab the beta of the 4.1 release from July and try it out on some laptops (and my current desktop) where a new release would be most helpful, especially on some Ryzen-based systems where the previous 4.0 release did not work well out of the box. Since I also recently got the wonderfully consumer-friendly FrameWork laptop, I would try it out there as well, since I plan to use it as my daily driver OS.

You can see from the table below that there is some decent support for even relatively recently Ryzen CPUs. In fact at …

“All Crypto is a pyramid / ponzi scheme”

I wanted to write up a brief article about this to point people at when they inevitably parrot the uninformed ‘attack’ they heard from someone else on the Internet: “Cryptos are just ponzi schemes”. In my earlier article I tackled the silly notion that “only criminals use crypto”, so I wanted to specifically address the ponzi scheme angle.

Let’s start with the basics, or we have no basis for having a useful discussion. What is a ponzi scheme? According to Investopedia, a ponzi scheme is “a fraudulent investing scam promising high rates of return with little risk to investors. A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investing scam which generates returns for earlier investors with money taken from later investors. …

Pandemic car buying redux: How CarMax beat Carvana for the best touchless delivery experience in 2021

My experience of buying from CarMax without ever visiting the dealership, and where they have room to improve

[Some up front disclaimers and info: I am not affiliated with any auto company or dealership, directly or indirectly. My employer probably owns some self driving companies somewhere along the way but I don’t deal with any of them day-to-day. This article is just based on my experience buying a car in summer 2021.]

As you know from my previous post, I had a really great time buying a car in 2020 from Carvana just as the pandemic started. Unfortunately just 1 year later, due either to staff turnover, trying to expand too quickly due to increasing online sales demand, or …

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